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Victim of IIT ragging prepares to help freshers

Amba Batra/Express News Service

Posted: Jul 22, 2004 at 1145 hrs IST

PRAKASH RAJPUROHIT, WHO RAN AWAY FROM HOSTEL LAST YEAR, HITTING THE HEADLINES, GETS READY TO HELP FRESHERS SAYING RAGGING A REALITY

As IIT Delhi gears up to receive its new batch of students, Prakash Rajpurohit is getting ready to help freshers deal with ragging. Rajpurohit, who came fourth in the IIT entrance examination last year, had run away from the hostel barely two weeks into his course, unable to take the ragging by a few seniors.

His seniors had reportedly asked him to perform certain sexual acts. It was only after his father lodged a complaint with the police and four of his seniors were suspended for a semester did the Electrical Engineering student go back.

Rajpurohit, who has now adjusted to life in IIT, however, says ragging is a reality that cannot be wished away completely. ‘‘The maximum one should ask the freshers is for an introduction so we can get to know each other. While I did get a lot of support from the students and teachers after I went back to college, there is a certain section of students who do not talk to me,’’ said Rajpurohit.

This year, Rajpurohit has decided to help freshers who may have to face a similar situation. ‘‘My batchmates and I have decided that we will help out the freshers. A few seniors are also supportive. No matter what action the institute may threaten to take in case of ragging, it will always take place,’’ he said.

The second-year student feels it’s usually the toppers who get targeted as seniors are jealous of their good results. Last year Rajpurohit was told he was a eunuch. ‘‘The seniors feel frustrated when they see the toppers,’’ said Rajpurohit, who was asked by seniors how he got into IIT Delhi despite being a eunuch.

In his complaint lodged with the police, Rajpurohit had said students were asked among other things to enact a honeymoon science, strip and consume alcohol.

This year IIT Delhi has also taken a few steps for preventing a repeat of Rajpurohit’s case. They have sent out a letter to all students stating that anyone caught ragging a newcomer will face punitive measures. The student, apart from facing suspension and the possibility of being expelled, will not get any help with placement and not be allowed to participate in any extra-curricular and hostel activities.

‘‘The ragging usually takes place in the hostels. There are seven boys hostels and nearly 400 students in each. However, the freshers should not worry and should be confident. Everything will be fine,’’ said Rajpurohit.

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